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Spain : Malaga - June 2010

Country Code: Dial ++34 for Spain

Malaga’s summer is long and sultry, perfect for enjoying late-night tapas, cool cathedrals and the urban coastline. Historic landmarks dot this bustling city, against a backdrop of wide blue sky and mountains. Fiona Klonarides discovers the simple luxuries: chilled wine, grilled fish and a sun that shines all day

Getting around

Malaga Airport is 9km south-west of the city centre.

Bus: The No.19 leaves from outside arrivals every 30 minutes, from 6.25am to 11.30pm. Tickets cost €1.
Taxi: A journey from the airport to the city centre costs approximately €15 to €18.
Tourist information: The main office is at 1 Plaza de la Marina (tel. 95 212 2020, malagaturismo.com).

HISTORIC CENTRE

Savour the flavour of Malaga’s heart and soul in the centro historico. It’s the gateway to Andalucia, where North Africa begins just across the water.

Sleep soundly – You can sight-see, shop, hit the beach and cool off in the rooftop pool without straying too far from the Hotel Molina Lario (20-22 Calle Molina Lario, tel. 952 062002, hotel molinalario.com, rooms from €80).

Culture vultures – Admire art by Malaga’s most famous son at the Picasso Museum (Palacio de Buenavista, 8 Calle San Agustín), in a 16th-century palace.

Must eat – Gorki (6 Calle Strachan, tel. 952 060129) offers delicious ham, creative canapés and wines by region.

Must drink – Jazz bars in Malaga are few and far between, but El Cantor de Jazz (7 Calle Lazcano) offers a friendly, laid-back vibe and good performances.

Dance the night away – It has to be El Pimpi (62 Calle Granada) for late-night drinks and music. Part bodega, part flamenco venue, it’s legendary – Antonio Banderas stops by when he’s in town.

Shop til you drop – Malaga’s smart boutique street is Marqués de Larios, home to Mango and other designers. Or browse the honey, sweet wine and olive oil at La Malagueña (San Juan/Coronel).

PLAYA DE LA MALAGUETA

Locals love La Malagueta, and there are plenty of chiringuitos (bars) on this easy-to-reach city beach.

Culture vultures – Hop on the Open Top Sightseeing Bus (stop 5) for a tour of Malaga’s monuments, then hop off 90 minutes later in time for lunch.

Must eat – Bullfighters and celebs eat at Antonio Martin (Plaza de la Malagueta/ Paseo Maritimo, tel. 952 227398), where the fritura malagueña (mixed fried fish) is crisp and the breeze is cool.

Must drink – Steps from the sea, Chiringuito Picasso (Paseo Maritimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso) is on the beach and always busy. Relax with a drink in your hand and the sand at your feet.

GIBRALFARO

Perched high on a hillside just west of the city are the Parador, Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba fortress – it’s Malaga’s most romantic spot.

Sleep soundly – Soak up the views from the rooftop pool at Parador Gibralfaro (Castillo de Gibralfaro, tel. 952 221902 parador.es, rooms from €110, book ahead). Catch the distant buzz of the bullring below, cocktail in hand, and watch the cruise ships sail out to sea.

Culture vultures – For history and more views, visit the Maldonado Tower at the Alcazaba, Spain’s best-preserved Moorish fortress below the castle.

ZONA RENFE – MARIA ZAMBRANO STATION

Catch the super-fast AVE to Madrid (you’ll be there and back the same day) or explore Andalucia by train from this convenient base by the new station.

Sleep soundly – Step off the train into the designer oasis of the Barcelo Málaga (Estacion Vialia Maria Zambrano, 2 Heroe de Sostoa, tel. 952 047494, barcelo.com, rooms from €77), just 10 minutes by bus to the old town.

Must drink – The Barcelo’s futuristic B-Lounge is worth a visit before hitting the old town for late-night drinks.

Shop til you drop – Next door to the Barcelo, the sparkling, glass-fronted Vialia Centre features fashion boutiques, cafés, newsagents and tapas bars – plus you can pop in to the El Corte Inglés supermarket two streets away for Spanish deli treats to take with you on the train.



Compiled by Fiona Klonarides

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